VIBE Raps With Drop The Lime: A DJ with Gun Slingin' Swagger
How many homeboys out there have a passion for bass and a thirst for blood, who wear black suspenders and slick their hair up into a Johnny Cash-bluesy lookin' fade? Meet Drop the Lime, with a new album Enter the Night, which just dropped on Ultra Music. You can peep it for FREE on AOL (http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/spinner#/5?), where a listening party is being hosted through July 9th. The cuts on Enter the Night —written and recorded between his Brooklyn home base, London and New Orleans—evoke an outlaw spirit with a modern twist. What does that mean? Let the man himself holler at you…
VIBE: When an entity as large as AOL hosts your music does it affirm that you’ve arrived?
Drop the Lime: I guess so. I’m just making crazy music and it happens to be going out all over the world now so I’ve guessed I’ve done it. I DID IT MOM!
For someone who has never heard your music before, please describe it for VIBE readers specifically.
I would say it’s dance music drunk on rock n’ roll.
It sounds a bit like music in the movie From Dusk til Dawn...Are you a Quentin Tarantino fan?
Huge Quentin Tarantino fan! It’s funny you say that, someone in a recent interview asked me “If you had to pick one movie that your album [Enter the Night] is like, which one?” and I told them that film.
Being a native New Yorker, what are some your favorite hang out spots in the city?
Aw man, I mean I was in Brooklyn, and there’s so many amazing bars out here. I’m a big fan of cocktails, so I like hanging out at stops like The Flat or Hank’s.
Is there an electronic dance music (EDM) rivalry that can be equated to hip-hop's East Coast (Biggie) vs West Coast (Tupac)?
You mean EDM gangs? I wish there was. We need more fights and more beefs in EDM. We all love each other so much – everything is so similar.
Do you see parallels between what’s happening in EDM now and the explosion of hip-hop in the late '80s to early '90s?
It’s pretty crazy that now hip-hop is very club and club is very hip-hop. The rise of rap music, for example, and then artists like Pit Bull or Rihanna using dance beats. So it’s like things have swapped. I’d say the rise of hip-hop in the 90’s is different than now, because it was very tied to fashion, as well, and I can’t really think of a fashion that’s contributed to EDM except for like the furry raver girls.
Drake or Chris Brown?
Ha! Drake. I like his production and songs, plus he has a good attitude. I can’t hang with someone like Chris Brown, beating up Rihanna or striking anyone like that
If you had to choose one rapper to collaborate with who would it be and why?
Method Man. Let’s get some old Wu Tang up in here. So Method Man, or anyone from Dipset.
Who is your dream woman?
Dream woman? No. I still haven’t found my dream woman. I haven’t found my Marilyn or Bettie Page. I think she’s still out there.
Can you sing, rap, play instruments?
Yeah, it’s all me. It’s all me singing, playing guitar, playing drums, playing piano – I played everything on the album. The only exception was a few string players for songs that involved a string quartet.
For an in-depth track-by-track breakdown of Enter the Night, check out http://bit.ly/LOOqT9.
Check him live:
Fri 7/6: Denver, CO, Larimer Lounge
Sat 7/7: Calgary, AB The Hi-Fi Club
Fri 7/13: Ottawa, ON, RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
Sat 7/14: New York, Le Bain at The Standard
Pre-order Drop the Lime’s Enter The Night. http://smarturl.it/enterthenight